The Catch on Rope Retirement

Story by Zoë Zulauf Ware / My relationship with my climbing rope was supposed to be purely transactional, with a fairly straightforward expiration date. I paid a sum of money for it. A small fortune, really. It provided me with useful services––namely, catching me whenever I’d punt off sport routes …

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Better Beta: Circus Net Edition

Video by Jon Vickers / Story by Zoë Zulauf Ware / When the route description on Mountain Project casually mentions, “The route is an athletic event. Try not to throw up… or down. :-)” you know you’re in for it. But if Mason Earle gives you a giant circus net …

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Breathwork for Climbers

Story by Jani Holder / Remember to breathe. You’re halfway up your project, and you’re gripped. You’re pumped, losing strength, and feeling miles away from your next clip. And, just because things weren’t tough enough, your leg is starting that infamous sewing-machine action beneath you. This situation can go one …

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Trench Warfare, Net Style

Story by Mason Earle / There is a circus net that lives in my attic. It’s 50 feet long and twenty feet wide, made from cheap paracord and old climbing ropes. I built it specifically for climbing––like a giant crash pad for free soloing. My original vision was to use …

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Meet the Writer: Maya Gans

Story by Maya Gans / I yelled in agony and excitement as I jammed my way up Wall Street’s 30 Seconds over Potash, and after thrashing, grunting, and thrushing, I reveled in my success when I made it about a third of the way up the route. My hands and …

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Never Never Land, a Free Climbing Project

Story by Mason Earle / I was infatuated with Yosemite and El Capitan before I even started climbing. Rocks and cliffs just appealed to me, and the thought of a cliff over half a mile tall was mind-boggling. I first climbed El Cap when I was 18, and it stuck …

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